Location: Estadio De Dogtown
Photography By RJ McNichols (@Rjmcnichols4)
Versus Atletico Madrid
The girl Eunice Beckmann recently did this to Atletico Madrid.
We were super lucky to have Eunice around this summer. Having played with FC Bayern, Basel, and now Madrid CFF, it was special to see such a talent show up for pickup.
Before starting the season in Spain this year, Eunice spent the summer training with the club here in Venice. Through out the week she would put work in session after session in the gym, field, and beach always with a smile on her face.
On Sunday afternoons she was putting on shows at the Estadio. Her ability on the ball was fun to watch and her eye for goal made it clear why she was leading scorer for the Swiss side last season. Not only did she show everyone around her what a professional looks like, she donated her time to help coach the VBFC girls, played in a few games with them, and even rainbow’d a couple of players. There isn’t a better role model out there for any young girl with big dreams.
Summer Youth Camp
The Next Generation of Local Talent.
As the end of summer loomed, we brought together a handful of the players from our Oakwood Youth League to participate in a preseason-style training camp at Oakwood Rec Center in the heart of Venice. The kids battled it out in the heat working on their fundamentals and creating stronger bonds with their teammates/neighbors. Players trained both on the pitch and on the court working hard to get better each day of the camp.
Our City // Our Future
FCB X VBFC
BARCA AT THE ESTADIO
July 27th, 2018 marked history in Venice for local football. We had the privilege to host the one and only FC BARCELONA as they visited Los Angeles during their preseason US Tour. The Venice Rec Center was turned into a mini stadium to host competitions and clinics by some of FC Barcelona's academy coaches for VBFC Youth. Though there was competitions taking place such as LAFC vs. Barca Academy and VBFC First Team vs. The Barca WOmen's teams, The day had vibes more of a celebration of FC Barcelona taking over Dogtown than anything else. With a busy crowd the whole day of true Barca faithful, fans took any chance they could to grab a photo and autograph from legendary FCB & Spanish midfielder LUIS Garcia, who was on hand the whole day coaching and playing.
Another Legend on hand was Venice's very own Stu Holden. Fresh off a plane from Russia commentating for the FIFA World Cup all summer, the former US national team player showed why he was feared by opposition in the English premier league. With a crowd of Barca fans and the VBFC community on hand, Stu lit the mini turf field up with nutmegs and precise passing, as VBFC Venice youth watched on to take in each touch.
Local legends were not limited to those on the field. Venice artist Gustavo Zemenjo Jr. created a masterpiece with his painting of the contrasting stadiums of the Estadio De Dogtown and the Camp Nou, Barcelona's home ground. Even FC Barcelona's Club Vice President Jordi Cardoner enjoyed the artwork and events on the day. This was truly a special day for the local community, and we look forward to FCB returning to the US in 2020.
VBFC DOGTOWN SESSIONS: FEATURING LEE NGUYEN
Estadio De Dogtown
Venice Youth take over the New Nike Just Do It HQ in Hollywood
On June 21st, Nike invited VBFC youth players to their new home base for training - the Nike Just do it hq - In Hollywood. Nike were kind enough to send a bus over to Deuce Gym - our own gym in Venice - to pick up the whole squad to head down to the state of the art facility. We packed in 25 youth players and headed east to the Nike's newest training spot.
Upon arrival players were quickly given nike training gear and a run down of the workout ahead. Just do It HQ is a state of the art training center designed for nike's world class athletes to train, fuel, recover and work with some of the world's top fitness professionals.
The huge compound has a world class gym, recovery center, and nutritional cafe all on site. It was an eye-opening experience for young athletes to witness how professionals train and spend just as much time on recovery and nutrition to continually maximize their athletic potential & performance.
Spurs Visit the Estadio
Tottenham Hotspurs were in town during their preseason tour of the US. The boys from north London played FC Barcelona on July 28th & decided in between training sessions to pay a visit to the world famous Estadio de Dogtown and kick it with some of Venice's Finest. England U20 international Kyle Walker-Pieters and Brazilian international Lucas Moura shopped for Sunglasses, while Victor Wanyama and GK Paulo Gazzaniga decided to stop by Muscle Beach to check out some of the regulars.
Lee Nguyen is one of the most creative and impactful midfielders in the MLS - and he's been that way for the last 5 years. This year he was brought in to LAFC to pull the strings in the midfield and be the creative visionary amongst the abundance of attacking talent at the Banc of California Stadium. Lee took some time out of his schedule to visit the world-famous Estadio and work with some of the local youth, who one day aspire to be in his shoes.
After becoming the nation's top talent in high school, and leaving Indiana University after just one semester, Nguyen began his professional career by signing a three-and-half-year deal with Dutch Eredivisie team PSV Eindhoven in February 2006. Nguyen then signed with the Danish Superliga club Randers FC in 2008, before playing with two clubs in his family's native Vietnam
After a few years in Vietnam, Lee moved back stateside and signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and eventually the New England Revolution. in 2014, Nguyen led the Revolution with 18 goals and 5 assists - which is the most ever by a midfielder in an MLS season -and was again voted team MVP. For his contributions to the team—including 9 game-winning goals in the regular season—Nguyen was named as a finalist for the 2014 version of the Major League Soccer MVP Award along with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane. Nguyen's goal against the Houston Dynamo also made it to the final round of voting for the 2014 version of the MLS Goal of the Year Award.
Lee spent the day answering questions, giving advice, and even playing games against the local VBFC Youth. the kids were awestruck to be on the same court as such a talent. There is massive excitement about one of the country's top attacking midfielders playing in LA, and the Venice youth will have another local role model for years to come.
vbfc regular and la galaxy talisman julian büscher is a true footballing talent who lives & breathes the game. Julian is also a regular at sunday pickup and is always there to get touches when the galaxy are off. when we asked if he would come by to give some inspiration to the kids and show them what a life dedicated to this game looks like, he didn't hesitate.
jUlian is dedicated not only to his professional career, but also to helping young players grow in their game -- and he knows how important it is to play wherever and whenever you get the chance. for the boys that day, he was able to show them that regardless of the surface or the elements, when you come to play, you need to show up to become a better player. Part of our mission is to give these young players role models and mentors. Julian embodies that role as a resource for any young local player to look up to.
Photos by Ben Green (@ben_green) / Joe Walsh (@tmesisfc)
VBFC Girls: Eunice Beckmann drops by the Estadio
Day one of Dogtown Youth sessions was a special beginning to the week. The youth girls had the opportunity to learn from two-time Bundesliga winner Eunice Beckmann. Eunice has played in our weekly pickup game several times, and it was evident shortly after her debut that she was a world-class player. her technique, flair, and the joy she has for the game shines through whenever she is on the ball. at the clinic, she showcased this to the young girls to show them what the future could look like for them with the right mindset.
Before hitting the court for estadio-style pickup, The girls were put through some technical and conditioning work on the beach to warm up and work on the physical side of their game.
Dedication to hard work: at the end of the session, Eunice was able to spend some time with the girls and breakdown what it took for her to get to the highest level of the women's professional game. one thing she was sure to get across to these girls: play every chance that you get and work hard when no one is looking. even in her off-season, Eunice made time to get out to Venice to join in on Sundays. Eunice has now opened the page to the next chapter in her career out in Spain, in a real Madrid affiliated women's side. we will be sure to keep updates on her journey.
The girls had some great take aways from the experience on day one and its safe to say everyone had fun spending time at the estadio playing Queen of the court until the sun began to set.
Photography by: Joe Walsh (@tmesisfc)
My journey as a soccer player started at Estadio from a young age. Passing the ball against the wall over 100 times to practice my first touch; running the stairs at muscle beach at night; juggling the ball the length of the boardwalk without dropping it. Those were my “practice sessions” after long days throughout middle and high school. It got me a soccer scholarship to play D2 soccer in San Francisco, though I would be recovering from reconstructive knee surgery after tearing my ACL and rupturing my MCL and meniscus, the entirety of my freshman year.
After two years of playing, with struggles on and off the field I came back to Venice. I was taking transfer courses and had two part time jobs, training on my own whenever I had time. At that point, there were only two consistent things for me soccer-wise: my ambition to go out and practice by myself, and Sunday pick up with VBFC. I was playing with VBFC almost every Sunday and was eventually invited to train with FC Golden State by one of the coaches I played against in a pick up game at Estadio.
On the morning of May 25th, after having trained and played with Golden State for about two months, I got a text at 10am in the middle of a training session with friends from Sunday pick up. At 10:30am I was at the UCLA club soccer field waiting for the arrival of the team we would be scrimmaging against. I saw Guillermo Ochoa walk off the bus, followed by Chicharito and others. Having the opportunity to be on the same field as, and playing against world class players like Hector Herrera and Marco Fabian was an incredible experience. I wasn’t nervous, I was just enjoying the moment; the opportunity that presented itself after 21 years of sacrifices for this sport. I felt inspired and motivated to take everything I could from the experience because I remembered all those nights where it was just me and my ball.
It’s humbling to think that my journey started at Estadio, and brought me to UCLA to play against the Mexican national team. More than anything, the whole experience serves as a reminder that every moment in life and soccer, good or bad, is just a step, not the whole staircase. "
- Nick Santhiago
Venice Beach FC Footballer/ARTIST/COACH
At the Estadio
Last week, we put on a training session for Nike LA to showcase some of our local talent in their element at the court. Players were put to the test in a sharp technical session focusing on their touch under pressure. The mixed group worked a tough session for 90 minutes and the experience was captured by la based photographer matt brush (@brush). As the sun set, nike LA caught up with the kids to learn what it is about this game that drives them, why they enjoy life as a youth footballer, and learned a little bit about how playing on our court has helped push their game.
vbfc Youth: the players & dreamers
Borussia Dortmund x Los Angeles Football Club
May 22, 2018
Banc of California Stadium.
May 22, 2018 marked an exciting new chapter in LA soccer. The German side's post-season trip to Los angeles to play LAFC marks the first time The Banc of California stadium has hosted an international opponent. The atmosphere and energy within the stadium was unlike any other venue in America. There is something special and nostalgic about the newest & most expensive soccer specific stadium in America - something almost european. most of the credit must go to the LAFC supporters however, who were not only strong in numbers, but also sang through out the whole match.
We had one of our very own on the sidelines, Ben Green (@ben_green_) - local midfield hero and super talented photographer. Check out the sights of the match below which ended 1-1, with two late second half goals.
A few weeks back, we had the honor of working with one of the most talented athletes in the world, Steve Nash. Although Steve reached halL of fame status in the NBA, His passion for soccer and talent on the pitch is no secret. Not only did his brother play for Canada's National Team, Steve himself is an avid Tottenham fan, and he is part owner of famed Spanish professional club, RCD Mallorca.
Venice Beach FC linked up with Kevin Lopes from (Classic ZZ10) and Steve Nash in a project to uncover some of LA's finest and most committed soccer players in the one of the nation's most dense talent pools. Players were scouted at different facilities, pickup games, and tournaments throughout Los Angeles, including the weekly showdown at the Estadio here in Venice. This was a invite only, free showcase for players to make a name for themselves.
We saw four of our very own players picked, and 7 players in total who all have made their debuts in Venice with the adult crowd. Zach May (SMU), Dylan Walsh (SMU), Kyle Roberts (unattached) , and Eric Ruiz (Venice High) were all in invited and had exceptional performances during the showcase.
Photography by : Joe Walsh (@tmesisfc)
We had the pleasure of being able to work with Downtown United Soccer Club as they paid a visit to the famed Estadio de Dogtown while in town to compete for the Young Champions League National Championship.
DUSC were put through a session at the beach & courts to get physically ready and go over tactics before their championship match the following day. After training, the boys had a little cool down, walking around tosee some local skaters and even met some local gals. It was an entirely new experience for the team, and I think it's safe to say that they enjoyed the experience.
On Sunday Mar 18, 2018 Venice Beach Football Club & Turfmapp, along with Classic ZZ Academy, hosted some of LA's top players for a special day of pickup games. we welcomed players of all ages youth to adult and packed the estadio with over 300+ visitors throughout the event. It was just another day of pickup in venice, with some of LA's best talent and the special guests who came to play and see the sights and sounds of Estadio De Dogtown.
Let the kids play.
The day started off by welcoming youth players from all over Los Angeles to battle it out on the court in non-stop winner-stays pickup. VBFC youth, Alessandro Del Piero Academy, and Classics ZZ Academy all brought out some exciting talent to play game after game of king-of-the-court. after the the youth, the adults hopped on, with current professionals julian büscher and andrae campbell showing up to participate in the adult's pickup game alongside the regular players and some new faces. we were very grateful for former la galaxy player bryan jordan, current la galaxy player baggio hudisic (LA GALAXY), Kevin Alston (OrLANDO CITY), Julian Büscher (LA GALAXY) and Former premier league/USMNT player/ Venice local Stu Holden for coming through to show their support for the growth of pickup soccer in our community.
THE GAME AMERICA NEEDS
as usual, the adults game was highly competitive with locals, newcomers, current pros, and amateurs all dogfighting to hold court at the estadio. a special mention to sunday pickup regular and house of ink tattooist tohid safdari (@tohid_art) for his man of the match performance on the day. tohid managed to split his eye open in the process, but as he put it: "the people don't come to watch you take it easy." tohid's passion shone through on the day, and was emblematic of the spirit that has been driving the growth of this culture down at the beach. if nothing else, this event was able to showcase to people the raw passion of all the players who show up every week to the estadio to play this game.
a very special thanks to the masters behind the lens' on the day: josh rose (@joshsrose), tri Sanguanbun (@tri_11 / @turfmapp), trisikh Sanguanbun (@ts_xii / @turfmapp), michael tinley (@m2t5), Matt Krautstrunk (@mattb1ll), and all the other special guest photogs that made it out. we appreciate your support.
As Futsal Club's first session of 2018 comes to a close, we look back here at some of the highlight shots of the girl's who came out to ball at Oakwood and consistently improved each week. These girls continued to set the standard for local youth futsal. Gallery by @tmesisfc.
futsal club session one
Girls futsal talent
Ben Green Collection .01
Ben Green is super talented local footballer on the court/field & also behind the lens. While home for spring break 2018, Ben came to Dogtown to document the special scenes building in Venice by the beach. Follow Ben green @Ben_Green_ .
We saw another talented crop of players this weekend, as we were joined by some global names like Mo Ali, the famed viral trick shot player, as well as Galaxy new comer, Julian Buescher. Having previously spendt the last two years with DC United, when asked about VBFC pick up experience Julian said "this is great, it reminds me of home." For Julian, home is Germany and they've won a lot of world cups.
West side legends like Oliver Curry, Lucas Lezcano, and many others spent their Sunday soaking up the vibes by the beach.